Eric Black responds to criticism of his substitutions at Aston Villa

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Aston Villa supporters were angered by Eric Black's substitutions during their match against Southampton.

Eric Black has told Aston Villa’s official site that he is willing to take criticism from the club’s supporters over his substitutions.

Villa fans were angered by Black’s decisions during their 4-2 defeat against Southampton yesterday.

The caretaker boss first chose to swap Micah Richards for Kevin Toner at half-time, before replacing Jordan Ayew and Carlos Sanchez with Rudy Gestede and Jack Grealish in the second half.

The likes of Carles Gil and Joe Lyden, who Villa fans have called to be given a chance, were both left on the bench throughout the match, which added to the frustrations around the ground.

And Black said: “I am standing there so I'll take it. It's not a problem.

“I can understand the frustrations of the fans.

“The fans will definitely have ideas on the players and the team they want to see. I have no doubt about that.

“I think that multiplies because of the circumstances but I can't be led down that road. I can't succumb to that.”

Black is still yet to win a match since taking over from Remi Garde, and his team selections have frustrated.

Black has generally kept faith in Villa’s senior players, even though there have been mass calls for the Midlands side to play the youngsters.

Black is expected to be replaced as Villa boss at the end of the season, with the likes of Nigel Pearson and David Moyes amongst the favourites to get the job on a permanent basis.

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